Anyway, I live in Chicago, right in the heart of the city and the other night as I was heading out to meet friends for dinner, a very obvious, somewhat menacing looking motorcade slowly wound its way through our neighborhood. Being Saturday and Valentine's Day, the streets were jammed with us hearty Chicagoans bracing the cold to enjoy a night out. Those of us near State and Rush found ourselves watching the President and the First Lady make their way to a romantic dinner at the tiniest, most unobtrusive, fabulous restaurant in the city. Kind of weird, I'm not going to lie.
Their restaurant choice: Table 52. Chef Art Smith who comes to his craft honestly and with much talent, can probably thank Oprah for a certain amount of his stature in the culinary world as he became her personal chef/caterer in 1997. A few years ago, he ventured off on his own to open Table 52. Gratefully, I have dined at this little gem and can attest to its fabulous-ness factor. The goat cheese biscuits and deviled eggs they put on the table to get things going were gone in an instant--melt in your mouth amazing! My entree was the fish special which escapes me at the moment but was great. If you should find yourself dining there, you CANNOT leave without having Art's Hummingbird Cake and the Pecan Pie with Shortbread Crust for dessert. I am not suggesting one over the other. I am without a doubt stating you need to have both.
Make adjustments accordingly. Hey, there's always tomorrow to work it off.
52 West Elm, Chicago 60611
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